Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Time for Tart Cherries!

Tart Cherry Cherry on Tree

I had the pleasure last week of traveling to Michigan to learn everything there is to know about tart cherries.  What a beautiful state and what an amazing fruit! I had no idea that tart cherries contain so many health benefits.  Did you know that tart cherries are one of the few food sources of Melatonin? New research is also showing that tart cherries might have potent anti-inflammatory benefits.

All the health benefits are great, but you know I’m more interested in how they taste!  I’ve always heard that tart cherries make the best pies (this was proven in Traverse City), and dried cherries were wonderful in those dark chocolate cherry cookies I wrote about a while back.  However, I never really thought to use them in savory dishes. But after the wonderful tart cherry pulled pork I ate at Cherry Republic, there are all kinds of new recipe ideas swimming around my head!

Since we don’t have access to fresh tart cherries here in California, I plan on creating some recipes using the more readily available dried cherries, which I have become totally addicted to over the last couple of years.  I am also anxiously awaiting delivery of some tart cherry juice concentrate, which is not only healthy but absolutely delicious and a great drink mixer!  Tart Cherry Mojitos, anyone?

Ok, so it turns out that this wasn’t a wordless wednesday after all.  But I have many more words and photos to share with you about the recent trips I’ve taken!  And of course I still owe you a post about Cinnamon Buns, courtesy of the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge.  I’m a little off schedule in my writing, but my bread baking continues and I plan on getting caught up by the end of the week.

Happy Wednesday!

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Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Cherries

Dark Chocolate Cherry Chews

Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas for naming these cookies! Wow, what a turnout!  I never thought I would be able to choose between all the great submissions, but I finally decided on a name that is simple, catchy, and to the point:  Dark Chocolate Cherry Chews.  Thanks to E’Beth Garren for the winning submission!  I’ll be sending out a surprise gift, as promised.

So let me talk a bit about chocolate chip cookies.  I’m not one of those bakers who is on a quest to find the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I generally use the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse bag and I think they’re great.  But as you well know, I do enjoy experimenting with recipes from time to time! Continue reading →

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